Wild Plum Co. Weave // Giveaway

I have been wanting a wall hanging/ weave for a long time now. There are so many different kinds out there, all so beautiful, it makes choosing one difficult. But when I stumbled upon Wild Plum Co.'s weaves, I knew I had to have one. She does custom orders, so I was able to let her know my favorite colors (taupe, pine green, gold, white, grey, and black) and she combined them into one beautiful work of art. I'm so in love with it and it matches the rest of my decor perfectly!!

Cassie, the owner and designer behind Wild Plum Co., and I are giving away a shop credit to one lucky winner so they can have their own weave! Be sure to enter and check out her shop!

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White House Garden Tour

A few weeks ago I was able to attend the White House Garden Tour. My friend was able to get tickets through work and invited me along. It was the perfect Fall day and the mood was light. I was a tad disappointed in the gardens... Compared to the giant lawn there really wasn't much, and the house kind of steals the show, anyways. It was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to be so close to the White House! We had a great time and then spent the rest of the day walking around the city, trying new restaurants, and wandering through shops.

You can see the podium in the back from which the President makes some of his addresses.


Day To Night Hair Styles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HeartMyHair #CollectiveBias

Taking your hair from day to night can sometimes seem like a daunting task. Who wants to spend a a lot of time on their hair after a long day at work, or with the kids, etc? No one, that is the answer. So I came up with the simplest way to take your hair from day to night in five minutes; or less if you're a pro braider. I used some products from Conair to get my everyday looks.

I am absolutely loving this Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer. True story- I haven't bought a new hairdryer since I was maybe twelve... and my mom actually bought that one for me... It's still going, so what was the use in buying a new one? But then I heard about this hair dryer from Walmart and had to try it; and I'm so glad I did!

I also decided to give the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® a try, I was intrigued by it's innovative curling technology; It's definitely a fun tool to use. It gently draws the hair into the chamber, and there is a friendly "beep" to alert you that your hair is done curling. It wasn't the easiest tool to use, I definitely struggled getting that perfect curl. But I know with practice it will be a lot easier!

Back to my day to night looks...
I started by combing my wet/ clean hair with the Conair Velvet Paddle Brush (great for wet hair), then dried it with my Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer (of course). For my first look I went with the classic- down and wavy hair style, using the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® to get my waves; because you can't really go wrong with that. (Run your fingers through your hair after curling to relax the look a little; perfect for daytime.) Then to jazz things up for the evening, I braided the hair on the right side of my head, from my part- down around to the back, and hid it underneath the remaining hair with some Conair bobby pins. Easy Peasy and yet very chic. 

Have you tried the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® before? How did you like it? And am I the only one who uses hair appliances for years (basically until they pass on...)?


Messages On A Napkin // Know Your Style

Hello Gentri Lee readers! My name’s Marlen (like the Monroe, not the fish) and I’m the girl behind Messages on a Napkin. Style for me has always been my greatest love affair. And I mean that seriously. Beautiful dresses literally make me close my eyes with a slight flutter and sweeping skirts make my heart feel like butter melting on warm toast. These are things that make me notice beauty on a regular Wednesday, or find a spark of inspiration even though I have a long eight hour shift to trudge through. It might seem insignificant, but the little things add up.

One of the main things I get asked on my blog is exactly how do I come up with some of my layering ideas, or how do I make things that should not go together, go. And my answer is always frustratingly simple: I let myself become constantly inspired.

I think most readers hate hearing that because it really is that easy, but there’s no way I could have come up with half of my outfits on my own. I flip through magazines and rip out pages of outfits that I want to recreate in some way and post them onto my closet door. I sign up for catalogs from my favorite stores and tape clever layered outfits or fun mixed-pattern-ensembles onto my walls. I scroll through Pinterest and keep an eye out not just for pretty outfits, but for details in outfits I would like to copy. Like a girl wearing ankle socks with her Mary Jane heels. Or a frilly summer shirt billowing out from underneath a crop top sweater. Or the way a sheer peasant skirt is layered over a knit turtleneck dress.

I borrow, borrow, borrow genius details and clever styling ideas from all the beautiful women around me, and find a way to make it fit with the clothes I have in my closet. You have to seek inspiration to find it. And soon, all those ideas become apart of my style and apart of what I think makes my every-day beautiful.

Novelist Carol Edgarian said it best:
“Style begins with the people passing through one’s life, the harbingers we push against and the stylemakers we want to clone. Some are famous, some not. Style grows from admiration, from longing, from discrimination—and, yes, from love. It’s all the places you’ve been to and the people and the moments you’ve known: the parts you’ve adopted, to keep forever, and transformed. We wear our history in our hearts and on our backs.”


Wedding Chicks // Bridal Shower Feature

photos c/o lori romney photography

The main reason I went to Utah in August was for Lauren's wedding. As her best friend, I felt it my duty to throw her bridal shower; but I didn't want it to be just any bridal shower. So Ariel and I started planning- months in advance- to make sure every detail was perfect. When you live two thousand miles away you can't wait until the last minute.

Our months of hard work paid off- Lauren's shower was so magical! I wish you all could have been there. And now, it is being featured on Wedding Chicks!

I can't tell you how excited and honored I feel. So please, take a minute and go check out the shower in its entirety. We had amazing vendors and everyone worked so hard. I will post more about it, later. The stories of how it came to be are really what made it so special. But for now, see it on Wedding Chicks then let me know what you think!
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